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Sample Item
Brief Constructed Response Item for Grade 3

Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Topic A. Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding

Objective d. Identify and analyze the characters

Assessment limits:

  • Character's traits based on what character says, does, and thinks and what other characters or the narrator says
  • Character's motivations
  • Character's personal growth and development
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain how the father probably feels at the end of the story. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanations. Write your response on your answer document.


Sample Student Response #1

Annotation: The student answers the question "father feels angry with the boys" and provides reasons for the father's anger "...there was no more pudding left for there Mom and they disobeyed him." While the student notes that "WHERE ARE YOU BOY'S" is "in bold face print" there is neither explanation for nor any conclusion drawn about the change of print. To improve this response the student could have explained the change of print as further evidence of the father's anger.


Sample Student Response #2

Annotation: The student answers the question stating "the father felt sad and mad." The student then provides support from the text for why father felt both sad, wanting his wife to have the pudding "and when she got there the pudding wasn't in the bowl," and mad "because he told Julian and Huey to leave the pudding alone, but instead they ate it all!" In addition the student has provided "evidence" of the father's feelings. The first quote "Where's the pudding?" does not support feelings of sadness while the second quote "WHERE ARE YOU BOYS?" does support feelings of anger; however, the quote is never explained.


Sample Student Response #3

Annotation: The student answers the question stating that at the end of the story the father is angry. The student provides support from the text, "when the father says 'Where are you boys?' it's in all capital letters wich means he was raising his voice." and draws the conclusion that a raised voice can mean someone is angry. In addition, the student provides support about the boys disobeying the father when they were told to leave the pudding alone. The personal connection, although appropriate, does not add to the response.


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